Scotland Under-21s: Morton winger Jai Quitongo given first call-up

Morton winger Jai Quitongo
Morton forward Jai Quitongo is attracting interest from clubs in England
Challenge match: Slovakia U21s v Scotland U21s
Venue: Stadium Myjava, Myjava Date: Wednesday 9 November Kick-off: 15:30 GMT
Coverage: Report on BBC Sport website

Scot Gemmill has given first Scotland Under-21 call-ups to Morton's Jai Quitongo, fellow forward Eamonn Brophy of Hamilton and Celtic's Ross Doohan for the friendly in Slovakia.

Doohan will vie for a starting place in goal with Liverpool's Ryan Fulton and Robbie Mutch of Aberdeen for the game in Myjava on 9 November.

Defender John Souttar has been recalled after serving a suspension.

"This match will offer the players another tough test," said Gemmill.

"Slovakia have qualified for next summer's finals.

"I think it's important we continue to face strong opposition and challenge the players every time they come away with us.

"I've included a couple of new faces and hopefully they will see this as their opportunity to impress.

"I said last month that I will leave no stone unturned in finding the best young players for the Under-21 squad and this is a good chance for some new ones to come in and make their mark."

Head coach Gemmill's squad consists of players born in 1996 and later, but they will take on a Slovakia side destined for next summer's European Championship in Poland that features players born in 1994 and later.

Former Scotland Under-17s and Under-19s head coach Gemmill took over from Ricky Sbragia last month after Scotland failed to reach the European Championship finals.

However, his team have since lost away to Iceland and then Macedonia in their final qualifier.

Scotland Under-21 squad

Goalkeepers: Ross Doohan (Celtic), Ryan Fulton (Liverpool, loan to Chesterfield), Robbie Mutch (Aberdeen, loan to Arbroath)

Defenders: Kyle Cameron (Newcastle United, loan to Newport County), Alex Iacovitti (Nottingham Forest, loan to Mansfield Town), Zak Jules (Reading), Calum MacDonald (Derby County), Jake Sheppard (Reading), Liam Smith (Hearts), John Souttar (Hearts)

Midfielders: Chris Cadden (Motherwell), Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical), Liam Henderson (Celtic), James Jones (Crewe Alexandra), Aidan Nesbitt (Celtic, loan to Greenock Morton), Ruben Sammut (Chelsea)

Forwards: Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical), Ryan Hardie (Rangers, loan to St Mirren), Jai Quitongo (Greenock Morton)

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